Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Fritz Perls, fully Friedrich "Fritz" (Frederick) Salomon Perls

German-born Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist of Jewish Descent, Founder of Gestalt Therapy

"Learning is discovering that something is possible."

"Gestalt Prayer - I do my thing and you do your thing. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you, and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, it's beautiful. If not, it can't be helped."

"Our dependency makes slaves out of us, especially if this dependency is a dependency of our self-esteem. If you need encouragement, praise, pats on the back from everybody, then you make everybody your judge."

"To mature means to take responsibility for your life, to be on your own. Psychoanalysis fosters the infantile state by considering that the past is responsible for the illness."

"Nobody can stand truth if it is told to him. Truth can be tolerated only if you discover it yourself because then, the pride of discovery makes the truth palatable."

"Lose your mind and come to your senses."